tv CBS Evening News With Katie Couric CBS June 1, 2010 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> couric: chip reid. chip, thanks very much. meanwhile, jan crawford is our chief legal correspondent. what could this mean for b.p. and any other companies involved? >> reporter: well, katie, the bottom line is that b.p. and the other companies-- halliburton and transocean-- could be facing penalties that would easily top the one billion dollars that exxon paid after the "valdez" spill. attorney general holder said prosecutors were looking at possible violations of several environmental laws, but he also said there were other traditional criminal statutes that prosecutors were reviewing. and this is where b.p. can run
into real problems. some senators already have accused b.p. of making false statements to win approval for that rig and, if true, that could expose the company and possibly some of its executives to criminal charges for false statements, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. and that would mean not only money but prison time. katie? >> couric: all right. jan crawford in washington. thank you, jan. according to a government estimate, this spill is as much as four times the size of the exxon exxon "valdez" spill. that would mean 45 million gallons have leaked into the gulf. a lot more than the 32 million new york state consumes everyday. in fact, it's more than any one state consumes in a day except california and texas. don teague is in grand isle, louisiana tonight. and, don, i guess if at first you don't succeed, right? >> reporter: they will keep trying, katie. b.p. has now spent over a billion dollars dealing with this disaster and, despite repeated failures, the company says it's confident the gushing oil can be capped soon.
5,000 feet below the surface of the gulf an underwater robot used a diamond-tipped saw to cut away the broken, gushing pipe leading from b.p.'s blown out well. the next step, putting a cap on the well and attaching a new pipe to siphon oil to ships on the surface. we flew over the spill area today with b.p.'s doug suttles. when do you think you'll get that new dome on top of this thing? >> if it goes to plan, we'll be trying to get it operational during the day tomorrow. >> reporter: you're encouraged, discouraged or what about what's out there and how it's being dealt with? >> i'm encouraged because there's not a lot of oil in the water and not a lot of oil getting on to the shore. >> reporter: still, we did see patches of oil not far offshore and oil is now washing up on islands in alabama and mississippi. a bad situation that suttles claims would be worse without the use of disperse sapts. 900,000 gallons so far. despite questions about the
impact of using so much dispersant on sea life, b.p., the government, and some researchers, have concluded its use should continue. >> the use of dispersants is generally less environmentally harmful than allowing the oil to go into the sensitive wetlands. >> reporter: there's also concern for people exposed to high levels of toxic oil and dispersant. so officials have now set up two field hospitals to treat any cleanup workers showing symptoms. >> nausea, vomiting, dizziness, maybe shortness of breath. >> reporter: here in grand isle, the beaches have been cleaned. officials hope these water-filled barriers will protect the sand if more oil comes ashore. katie? >> couric: don teague, don, thanks very much. the oil spill is taking a heavy toll on b.p.'s stockholders. today alone, b.p. shares plunged nearly 15%. since the rig explosion, b.p. has lost close to 40% of its market value, or $69 billion. if there is any good petroleum
news, this is it. gas prices have now fallen 26 days in a row. they're down 20 cents to a nationwide average of $2.73 a gallon. turning now to the middle east, tensions there are high after u.n. inspectors reported iran has stockpiled enough material to make two nuclear bombs. then there's the uproar over israel's deadly raid on ships delivering aid to palestinians in gaza. the white house said today the president supports an international investigation into what happened and tonight there's word that activists are sending another boat to challenge israel's blockade of gaza. richard roth has more. >> reporter: leading them off as prisoners, israel began deporting nearly 700 passengers from the flotilla who came from 37 countries. and around the world from every one of them, it seemed, there was more anger or questions about israel's raid on the convoy and its continued blockade of gaza.
visiting one of his wounded commandos, prime minister netanyahu defended the assault in which nine pro-palestinian activists were killed. israel's claim-- backed by its military video-- is that troops only fired in self-defense when they were attacked and beaten by activists begging for a fight. >> it's like the road to hell. it's covered with good intentions. they were so eager to avoid a bloody confrontation, to avoid massive friction with the demonstration that they sent troops that were poorly equipped, hardly armed. >> reporter: but some passengers insisted israelis were the aggressors, needlessly attacking a convoy on a peaceful mission to deliver humanitarian aid. aboard a sister ship, a retired u.s. diplomat didn't witness the violence, only the disappointment. >> this could have worked out well, it could have been a contribution to what everybody wants and instead it's going to be... it's going to make it worse for a while. >> reporter: in gaza, that's
hard to imagine. the u.n. says 70% of its million and a half people live on less than a dollar a day, smuggling through tunnels to egypt provides much of what people from gaza need but at prices not many can afford. israel says the aim of the blockade is to control terrorism, but even its friends question the effect. >> the situation in gaza is unsustainable and unacceptable. >> reporter: egypt's now opened its own board we are gaza for humanitarian reasons, said cairo, but probably not for long richard roth, cbs news, london. >> couric: in the war on terror, a huge loss for al qaeda. it now confirms that sheik al hasry... al masri, was killed by a missile attack in by a u.s. zone in north waziristan. lara logan is our chief foreign affairs correspondent. lara, this attack has left al qaeda reeling. >> reporter: that's right,
katie. he was one of al qaeda's most important leaders and their operations chief, their top money man. u.s. officials even told cbs news that his personal ties to osama bin laden go back more than two decades. and for now, the al qaeda leader has lost his main conduit to the rest of his organization. shao +*epl al masri is the seveh al qaeda number three to be killed or captured since 2001. it's not the first time he's been reported dead, but this time, even al qaeda says it's true. >> it's a significant los for them. it's a sign that we are disrupting their operational tempo. >> reporter: this is the biggest strike since president obama ramped up drone attacks against al qaeda leaders inside pakistan. >> we welcome his demise. >> reporter: even al qaeda's allies in the tribal areas admit it's a serious blow. one senior insurgent commander told cbs news "he was the mind and heart of al qaeda today." he also said al qaeda has been getting badly hit by drones and attacks have increased
dramatically in the last three months. but he claimed the number of al qaeda and arab fighters there now is higher than any time in the last two years. >> al qaeda has aa proven history of being able to regenerate. they've got a deep bench. >> reporter: he also says it's clear that al qaeda is now in the midst of a major offensive against the united states. and while they may be hurting, he says they're definitely not defeated, katie. >> couric: lara logan reporting from washington tonight. lara, thank you. now to a story that came as a big surprise, especially to anyone who remembers that famous image of al and tipper gore passionately kissing at the democratic convention in 2000. today in a first for any former presidential or vice presidential couple, the gores revealed they're splitting. here's sharyl attkisson. >> more than 90% of it is absorbed. >> reporter: while al gore was out fighting global warming, his marriage to tipper was apparently cooling.
in an e-mail to friends today, the couple announced they decided to separate. the gores actually weren't the inspiration for "love story" as the former vice president once claimed. >> love means never having to say you're sorry. >> reporter: but their love story lasted 40 years. jamal simmons worked closely the gores. >> i've heard from a lot of people from the gore universe, people have been very shocked and dismayed that this is what's occurred. >> reporter: it's been 18 years since the gore became america's second couple. >> if you had told me six years ago that al gore and tipper gore would split up before bill and hillary clinton, i would have been shocked. >> reporter: at the vice president's mansion, they playfully teamed up in matching costumes for halloween. >> here's bill and hillary clinton struggling through their marriage, the monica lewinsky scandal and i think al and tipper gore were held up as the happy couple. >> reporter: it's been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the democratic convention. that was followed by gore
winning the popular vote for president but losing the electoral vote. family friend sally quinn says that may have done the marriage irreparable harm. >> he obviously suffered a lot and till is suffering. he'll never get over that and neither will she. >> reporter: the separation sheds a new light on their recent purchase of a six bedroom nine bath california mansion worth $8 million. his or hers? a close friend says "the separation really is mutual and cordial. there isn't anyone else, they just want to go their separate ways." sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> couric: and coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," the alleged times square bomber. why investigators say faisal shahzad is a new kind of terrorist. we're nanything.a cah [ female announcer ] sometimes, you can get so much out of so little. woohoo! especially when it comes to charmin ultra soft.
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school cheer lead we are a passion for singing and acting... >> i'll imagine bright blue! >> reporter: .. . embraced life. all of those were different outlets for me to pursue something other than thinking about my illness and allowing myself to succumb to all of the things that were happening to my body. >> how are you? >> good, how are you? >> reporter: she even kept up with her classes via skype from her hospital bed. what where does your optimism come from? >> i just kind of have... live my life knowing that i probably wouldn't have as long a life span as most people, but just determined to have as much of a life and as meaningful and fulfilling and to still be able to make a difference even if it was cut short. >> reporter: inspired by laura margaret's spirit, her medical team came up with a novel idea. >> it was transplant or death. >> reporter: not just one transplant but two. lung and bone marrow transplants from the same donor to fix both
problems. by tyking the bone marrow from the same donor as the lungs, doctors hoped the problem of rejection could potentially be eliminated. what made you guys decide, okay, let's try something that's never been tried before? >> until you saw how strong her personality was and her desire to live, to say, you know, if anyone can survive this and do this, she probably could do it. >> reporter: but the chance of finding a suitable match was less than 1%. the wait could be more than a year. more time than laura margaret had. >> the most amazing true miracle part of this whole journey has been that we were able to find the lungs in six days. >> reporter: the lung transplant was a success. she. >> she's got totally normal looking lungs. >> reporter: since the ben marrow transplant, laura margaret's immune system has been more than 98% replaced by the donor. she recently left the hospital beneath a blizzard of pink confetti. >> it was just such a long journey and i can't believe it's really happening. i was diagnosed when i was six
months old and now i'm 16 and i don't have combined immune efficiency disease anymore and i can't believe it! (cheers and applause). >> reporter: now laura margaret begins a walk down a new road, one she hopes is full of new beginnings. byron pitts, cbs news, durham, north carolina. >> couric: laura margaret, we wish you all the best. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm kati from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9news now. >> good evening. tonight in your only local news at 7:00, teen trauma. police on the hunt for a person who shot a 16-year-old girl in the head. suspect ided. the prosecution id's a possible suspect. and keep hope alive. crews continue to search a mother and daughter who fell into the potomac.
>> i'm bruce leshan, where the search right now continues for 13-year-old emily escolante and her mother, 36-year-old ora. their family members returned today, this morning to the beach where they had been commemorating memorial day when they were faced with one of those chain reaction disasters. the mother was wading in the water, lost her footing. she slipped in. the daughter went in after her. her husband went in to try to rescue both of them. the husband was the only one who made it out. the other